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Youngsters from the Montessori School of Evergreen showed up at Stagecoach Park to view, try out, and CLEAN the new outdoor instruments that comprise the Musical Park that's just been installed.
Armed with sweeping brushes, hand brushes and wet wipes, the army of youngsters showed the same zeal at cleaning as they did using the rubber hammers on the percussion instruments.
The addition to Stagecoach Park was proposed by Kay LaMontagne, owner of Mountain Home and the Evergreen Design Center as part of the Evergreen Rotary Foundation competition for funding through its Legacy Project. Applications were narrowed down to three finalists, and in September of 2015, the club announced the Musical Park to be the winner of the $30,000 needed to purchase and install the instruments.
Proposals were evaluated on their economic sustainability, whether or not they were consistent with the philosophy and practices of the club and Rotary International, and which would serve the greatest number of people in the community.
It took working with the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District to get approval for the installation. Rotarians worked to help prepare the area for the installation.
The instruments were designed with acoustic precision and perfect tone by a Grammy-Award-winning musician and are built to maintain pure and soothing tones through years of rigorous play and exposure to the elements. The instruments will be appealing to musical beginners as well as to seasoned professionals. For more information about the instruments, click here.
Kay got the idea for a musical park while visiting Moab, Utah and seeing a similar installation there, also funded, coincidentally, by Rotarians.